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Sorry to anyone trying to access my website in the last couple of weeks, it has been under attack by hackers. New world problem! It is all back up and running now with added protection now installed. Check out the very basic videos for breastfeeding positions, hand expressing, setting up and using a breast pump

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Breastfeeding Heroes Series: It is such a privilege to work with new families as a lactation consultant in Perth. With permission from families and without using real names I would like to share with you some breastfeeding hero stories from last year during the COVID lock down period. Jane had little Ida at 42 weeks

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The restrictions in place to help reduce the spread of corona virus have really made it tough for many new families. If you know someone needing more support, I’m here to provide it. A new baby brings a family together. Family support brings so much comfort and confidence. Initially it’s pretty scary having your first

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As health professionals we use weighing babies only as a quick guide (a screening tool) to confirm growth Lets see some facts about weighing babies The average birthweight of a term baby (37-40 weeks) is between 2,500-4,000g. Birth weight is a marker of intrauterine environment. These markers include length of pregnacy size of parents birth

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There is nothing more significant in life that the birth of your first child. It can be very joyful but it is definitely not without its challenges Nothing can really prepare you for how life changes Looking after yourself and your relationships while caring for your new baby can help relieve some uncertainty and prevent

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One of the most common concerns I hear from new families is that everyone is telling them something different. As if it isn’t hard enough as it is having a new baby without this barrage of conflicting information from midwives in hospital, to GPs, child health nurse, paediatricians, friends and family and of course the

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Plan to do NOTHING but look after your baby in the first 6 weeks, you need rest and nurturing. Take all offers of help from friends, family and neighbours; cooking meals, cleaning house, pick ups and drops offs of other kids, giving you rest time etc. You need to feel supported and cared for. If

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These terms were originally used in research Researchers collect a small (~1mL) sample of breastmilk before and after breastfeed/express. The samples are then spun in a centrifuge and the fat content of the sample is measured. The samples and volume of the feed are then used to work out the storage capacity of the woman’s

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I’m really enjoying working at Royal Darwin Hospital. The ethnic mix is incredible, I’m learning so much from working with this diverse range of mums and babies. My work includes: Special Care Nursery and NICU Modern medicine is amazing! Working with families of babies born at 25-27 weeks gestation you see how resilient and fragile

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At present I am a lactation consultant at the Royal Darwin Hospital. Ill be back in November with a whole heap of new experience! For lactation consultant home visits while I’m away contact Dr Sharon Perrella PhD 0410 056 779 Bernie O’Regan 0490 912 661 or to see a GP lactation consultant Dr Marnie Rowan-

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Royal Darwin Hospital for 6 months I arrived in Darwin last week, I’m here working as a lactation consultant at the Royal Darwin Hospital for the next 6 months. Wow my first week was a taste of what will be a very interesting and educational 6 months for me. There will be lots of work

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I leave for a 3 week holiday to Iran this Friday. I’m madly running around trying to get organised. I will not have access to messenger or facebook while there- I think. If you would like to contact me please email cathygarbin@cathygarbin.com We are a tour group of 8 women who are mostly old friends,

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For more details see: see www.allergy.org.au/patients/allergies-prevention

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help is just a call away Happy belated Christmas. Catching up with the family at Christmas gatherings is a great time for us to enjoy all our different relationships- our partners, our parents, our children, our siblings, our cousins, our friends. It’s a good time to reflect on life and to look at what direction

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I went for a quick visit to the WA art gallery between catching busses after completing my CPR update the other day. This painting by the very famous Warmun artist Queenie McKenzie was my Christmas pick of the day. Queenie started the clinic in Warmun and was instrumental in collaborating with the St John of

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I am in Brisbane for the next 3 days doing a midwifery update course. I was planning to do this while I was working in the Kimberley as a midwife and child health nurse but because I worked in such remote communities it was going to take me 3 days to get to the course

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies If your having a struggle with your milk supply maybe ask someone to make you some of these yummy biscuits, no harm in trying them, they taste great too!

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Maternal and Child Health Nurse I have been working in my new job rotating between 2 remote Kimberley communities coming up to 2 months now. Indigenous babies Are the most beautiful babies in the whole world! Their sparkling shiny eyes watch every move you make, then when you start talking to them telling them how

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I have always had a passion for working with our indigenous mothers and babies. I know they can teach me soooo much about breastfeeding because their culture is very strong and breastfeeding is normal in their society. Sadly its not so normal in Western society now. We need to learn how to make it normal

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Free tickets My sister Debbie from Gowiththeflowparenting¬†and I are planning to have a stall at the Perth Baby Expo this year in July/ August. If you follow the link here you will be able to download free tickets. I’m getting in early so you can share this with your friends. We will be there to

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